John Janis

Funeral services for 51-year old John Janis are Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 10:00 at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City, SD, with Keith Rich and Byron Roach officiating

Burial is Wed, Dec 1, at 11:30 at the Pine Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Rapid City

Visitation is Tuesday evening, Nov 20, from 4:00-8:00 pm, also at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City.

John Charles Janis was born on June 5, 1970 in Rapid City, SD to Willard Vincent Janis and Vera Mae (Many Deeds) Janis.  John made his journey to the Spirit World on November 18, 2021 at the Palisade Healthcare Center in Garretson, SD.

John was born in Rapid City but was raised by his uncle Warren and Aunt Pat in Kansas City from infancy to his teen years which is the reason for his southern accent he loved so much. 

He returned to his mother as a teen and spent the rest of life with family and friends in and around South Dakota.

John traveled a lot during his years as roofer, meat packer and finally a carpenter and made that his choice of labor accomplishing many projects around Rapid City.  

He played various instruments with one being the organ (which he never told anyone), but his #1 passion was the guitar and honoring blues and rock n roll legends. 

John had two boys who are spitting images of him that he loved and adored. It was hard for him to show compassion and love like any other father would have and without a choice everyone around him accepted that part about him.  

He was very proud of his boys and watching them play ball was an honor for him and you cpi;d see it in his eyes.  John always dedicated his prayers towards them and knew deep down they both loved him back in their own way!

John is survived by his sons, Adrian Branham & Michael Janis; sister Charlene (Seth, Jr.) Janis-Dismounts Thrice; uncle Raymond (Sylvia) Ecoffey; and aunt Sharon (Ecoffey) Bales.

John was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Vera Mae Janis; sisters Rochelle Janis and Debra Many Deeds; brother George Janis; and aunt Lynn Mousseaux.

Pallbearers will be Cory Janis, Jacob Dismounts Thrice, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Dowty, Robert Ecoffey, Arlen “AJ” Swallow, Adrian Branham, Donivan Long, Seth Dismounts Thrice III, Duane Long Pumpkin, Dallas Quick Bear, and John Cloud.

Honorary pallbearers will be Virginia Janis & Family, Jay Wright & Family, Jordan Tobacco & Family, Teresa Lange & Family, Roxanne Hitzel, Rob Long & Family, Robert “Bobby” Morrison, Aleta “Sweetsie” Quick Bear & Family, Alex DuBray & Family, Julie Long Pumpkin & Family, Anna “Babes” DuBray, Carol Goodman & Family, Theda Quick Bear & Family, James “Jim” Dowty & Family, Elizabeth DuBray, Tammy Dowty & Family, Silvia & Ray Ecoffey & Family, Pete & Penny Hatten, Byron Roach & Family, Lavonne Roach & Family, Michelle Denoyer & Family, Michelle Gunhammer, First Body of Christ Members, John Swan & Family, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD